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07/08/08 9:36 PM ET
Helton doesn't travel to Milwaukee
Slugger has epidural to ease pain in back and leg
By Dave Fultz / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who didn't make the current trip to face the Brewers, received an epidural at Coors Field on Tuesday to help ease the pain in his ailing back and leg. "He just had it today," Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said on Tuesday. "They did it this morning, but I haven't been able to get in touch with Todd yet." Helton had been struggling this season and was placed on the disabled list on Friday. Before this injury, Helton had only missed four of the team's first 85 games, but wasn't quite the same player that he'd been over his entire career with the Rockies. Helton has batted .328 with a .428 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage over his career. In 2008, he has hit only .266, and his power numbers have taken a bigger hit, with his slugging percentage falling to .391.
Dave Fultz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.